September 27th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
How can I make a cyst go away?
Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Monday, it's Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician.
Question asked by Kate of Georgia: I have had a bump on the back of my hand for six months that my doctor says is a ganglion cyst. It's starting to hurt. What can I do to make it go away?
Expert answer: Thanks for your question. Ganglion cysts are common, mostly occurring in women between the ages of 20 and 40, but they can affect males and females of any age. They often occur on the hands or wrists but may show up in the areas of other joints or tendon sheaths, such as the feet, elbows and knees. These cysts are harmless, fluid-filled collections typically the size of a pea or small marble, but can be even bigger. Unlike tumors or other growths, they transilluminate, or glow, when a light is shined directly on the bump.
Ganglion cysts may come and go on their own, without any intervention. Usually no treatment is needed unless they cause pain or interfere with one's activities. Since these cysts tend to get larger with more use of the nearby bone or joint, it may be helpful to wear a wrist brace or elastic bandage to limit the movement of your hand or wrist. Over-the-counter pain relievers may also help.
Accidental trauma to the area can cause the cyst to burst and flatten. However, home treatment such as slamming the cyst with a heavy book or poking it with a needle is not recommended since these actions could cause an injury or infection.
Instead, a doctor skilled in treating ganglion cysts may use a needle to aspirate the fluid under sterile conditions. Sometimes a steroid or other medication may be injected into the cyst space. Surgical removal for ganglion cysts may also be an option. Unfortunately, the cysts sometimes come back even after aspiration or surgery.
Be sure to talk to your own doctor about the best treatment for your situation. Good luck!
About this blog
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.
An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you need to publish more on this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but usually folks don't talk about these subjects. To the next! Many thanks!!
I'd like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site. I'm hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own blog now ūüėČ
Howdy, I believe your web site might be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I take a look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, great site!
This is the right web site for anyone who really wants to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to√ĖHaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject that has been written about for ages. Wonderful stuff, just great!
Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It is the little changes which will make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!
After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I recieve four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Cheers!
Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and the rest of the website is really good.
It√≠s hard to find educated people for this topic, however, you sound like you know what you√≠re talking about! Thanks
This excellent website truly has all of the information and facts I wanted concerning this subject and didn√≠t know who to ask.
A fascinating discussion is worth comment. There's no doubt that that you ought to publish more on this subject, it may not be a taboo matter but typically people do not discuss these subjects. To the next! Best wishes!!
erectile therapist https://www.pharmaceptica.com/
Good day! I could have sworn I√≠ve been to this site before but after looking at a few of the posts I realized it√≠s new to me. Anyhow, I√≠m certainly pleased I discovered it and I√≠ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!
You have made some decent points there. I checked on the web for more info about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.
I love reading an article that will make people think. Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!
Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a top notch article√Ė but what can I say√Ė I procrastinate a whole lot and don't manage to get anything done.
Hello there, I do believe your blog might be having web browser compatibility issues. Whenever I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it's got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, great blog!
When I originally commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment. Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!
After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!
You have made some really good points there. I checked on the net for more info about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.
I need to to thank you for this wonderful read!! I absolutely loved every little bit of it. I have got you book marked to look at new stuff you post√Ė
I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I am hoping to view the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own blog now ūüėČ
I truly love your site.. Great colors & theme. Did you develop this
site yourself? Please reply back as I'm looking to create my own site and would like to know where you got this from or what the theme is called.